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Kuwait jails second tweeter for insulting emir

Published on Jan 8, 2013 6:03 AM

KUWAIT CITY (AFP) - Kuwait's lower court on Monday handed a two-year jail term to an opponent for allegedly insulting the emir on Twitter in the second such sentence in as many days, a human rights activist said.

"Ayyad al-Harbi was sentenced to two years in jail," director of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights Mohammad al-Humaidi said on his Twitter account.

According to the ruling, Harbi must start serving the sentence immediately, even before the outcomes of his challenges in the appeals and supreme courts are known, Mr Humaidi said.

On Sunday, the same court handed an identical sentence to Rashed al-Enezi, who faced similar charges. Enezi was arrested from the courtroom and sent to jail.

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